Delegation of the European Union to The Gambia

Remarks by Ambassador Skoog – UN Peacebuilding Commission Ambassadorial-level Meeting on Chad

New York, 02/12/2021 - 18:57, UNIQUE ID: 211202_31
Statements on behalf of the EU

2 December 2021, New York – Remarks by H.E. Olof Skoog at the UN Peacebuilding Commission Ambassadorial-level Meeting on Chad: Transitional Roadmap

Thanks to the PBC Chair, H.E Osama Abdelkhalek, for convening today’s meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission to discuss the situation of Chad and the Roadmap for the future.

 

First of all, I want to acknowledge the importance of Chad’s willingness to present its transition process to the Peacebuilding Commission. This is a sign of commitment to a peacebuilding process. The PBC is the right forum to give advice and support in fragile situations like the one that Chad is facing, but it requires ownership and openness to reform from the country itself.

 

 The unexpected death of President Idriss Déby last April risked destabilizing Chad and the broader region.  The European Union immediately expressed its concern about the stability and territorial integrity of Chad and called on all parties to a peaceful and rapid return to constitutional order.

 

The international community is taking a cautious and pragmatic approach.  This is well demonstrated by the African Union, which did not suspend Chad and is monitoring the development of the situation closely.  Mr. Ikoubé, who is with us today, (the AU’s Special Representative for Chad) has initiated an international contact group for the partners of Chad; a forum for dialogue and coordination supporting the transition. 

 

We call for a civilian-led political transition, limited in time, peaceful; respectful of human rights and fundamental freedoms and leading to credible elections.  The EU stands ready to accompany Chad in this process and counts on a clear and continued commitment by the authorities.

 

The Transitional Roadmap for the current process that the Chadian authorities have presented is an important signpost in the process.  The Organizing Committee for an Inclusive National Dialogue (CODNI) is another important sign of the process moving forwards.  The tight deadline for elections in September 2022 requires a rapid start of the national dialogue.  A new social contract between Chadian authorities and people should be formulated to meet the aspirations of the population and to address the root causes of instability of the country.  The transition should be considered as an opportunity to ‘build back better’ with regards to governance, democracy and human rights in Chad as well as stability in the region.

 

While DDR negotiations are ongoing between the Chadian authorities and the different groups, the overall political transition – the national dialogue, the writing of the constitution, and the upcoming elections – need to continue to go forward in parallel.

 

The Chadian transition is politically very relevant for the EU as proved by the recent visit of Prime Minister Padacké to Brussels where he met with the EU HR/VP, Commissioners Urpilainen and Lenarcic, and the EU’s Special Representative for the Sahel. The importance of EU-Chad relations is reflected in the more than 800 M EUR that the EU allocated to Chad in the period 2014-2020. Currently, the EU supports the African Union actions on Chad and provides technical assistance for the transition, in the form of support to the Ministry of National Reconciliation and Dialogue.

 

At the regional level, Chad remains a key partner in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin.  The EU is already the biggest donor to the G5 Sahel Joint Force and is currently also considering additional support to the G5 countries, including Chad, by the end of the year. 

 

Mr Chair,

 

At the beginning of this week, the annual session of the Peacebuilding Commission on the financing for peacebuilding took place. The EU recognizes the important steps that have been take under the umbrella of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture to significantly increase the funding for activities to prevent conflict and to broaden the donor base. This is particularly important in the context of transitions like the Chad context where the funding gaps are most often the largest while the conflict prevention needs are the highest. Given the enormous needs; the number and the volatility of conflicts internationally; I am glad to announce that we have decided to increase our contribution and for the period 2021 - 2022 triple the contribution to the PBF, to reach 6 M EUR.

 

The EU stands ready to support Chad in its transition period towards a peaceful, equitable, stable and prosperous society.

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